Brazilian Legislators Rally for Release of Cubans Held in USA

Brasilia, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) The Legislative Assembly of the state of Bahia held a special session to demand the release of three Cuban heroes unfairly held in US prisons for 16 years. In a packed room, legislator Alvaro Gomes looked back at the unfair arrest of Ramon Labanino, Gerardo Hernandez, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez in the United States in 1998. They were given harsh prison sentences for monitoring Miami-based violent groups operating against Cuba.

He noted that Fernando and Rene returned to Cuba after fully serviong their sentnces, but Ramon, Antonio and Gerardo remain in prison in flagrant violation of their human rights.

After demanding the release of these Cuban heroes, Gomes, a member of the Communist Party (PcdoB), urged collagues to join the fight for their release and return to Cuba.

He also demanded the end of the economic, commercial and financial U.S. blockade against Cuba, a nation that, he said, outstands for its social achievements and gains.

Cuba’s General Consul in the state of Bahia, Laura Punol, appreciated this gesture of the Legislative Assembly of the said state and highlighted the importance of counting on international support to force U.S. President Barack Obama to use his prerogatives and release of Gerardo, Ramon and Antonio.

Punol also read a message of gratitude from these men, urging the international community to continue the struggle so that justice prevails.

Students, workers and representatives of social movedments and unions, as well as political leaders and intellectuals in Bahia attended this special session.

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